County supervisors have enacted a new process for concerned citizens to speak at board meetings.

Two weeks ago, Board President David Bishop approved a motion to require citizens to appear on the agenda beforehand, but he never actually called for a vote. Bishop recognized he erred in the moment and brought the matter up again on Monday.

“In our last meeting, I was bringing up the concerned citizens section of our agenda,” he said. “I failed to get a vote on the motion.”

Bishop then made a motion that citizens contact the county administrator’s office and give their name and subject matter to be placed on the agenda. In addition, he called for a sign-up sheet to be distributed 30 minutes before the meeting for anyone that was unable to be placed on the agenda a week before.

“Everybody deserves to be heard,” he said.

Bishop also affirmed a three-minute rule to limit discussion in what he said is an attempt to bring order and decorum to the meetings.

County Administrator Shelton Vance suggested they put instructions on the county website for being placed on the agenda. He said people could call, email or even mail in letters asking to be placed on the agenda.

Both District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones and District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter asked if everybody will be heard, and Bishop reiterated as much.

“Nobody’s gonna be left behind, nobody,” he said.

The new process was approved unanimously.